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UNCOVERING THE BEST OF BURGUNDY: A 5-DAY ITINERARY ALONG THE ROUTE DES GRANDS CRUS

Updated: May 2




Exploring Burgundy: 3 and 5-Day Itineraries


Burgundy, famous for its picturesque landscapes, renowned vineyards, and rich cultural heritage, is a must-visit destination for wine enthusiasts and history buffs alike. To help you plan your getaway in Burgundy, based on our own unforgettable experiences, we have crafted 3 and 5-day itineraries, featuring the essentials of the region.



3-Day Itinerary in Burgundy


Hospices de Beaune, Bourgogne, France

Day 1: Discovering Beaune

Start your adventure in Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy. Explore the cobbled streets of this charming medieval town and visit the famous Hospices de Beaune, a magnificent 15th-century hospital with its colorful glazed tile roof. Then, delve into the history of wine at the Burgundy Wine Museum before tasting local wines at one of the city's many wine cellars.


Day 2: Grand Cru Route

Embark on a journey along the prestigious Grand Cru Route of the Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits. Stop in picturesque wine villages such as Pommard, Volnay, Meursault, Chassagne-Montrachet, and Puligny-Montrachet, and visit renowned wineries to sample world-class wines. End the day with a visit to the Château du Clos de Vougeot, a historic site surrounded by vineyards.


Day 3: Exploration of Dijon

Continue your Burgundy journey by heading to Dijon, the capital of the region. Stroll through the city's historic center to admire its medieval architecture, including the magnificent Saint-Bénigne Church and Liberation Square. Don't miss a visit to the Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture, before indulging in local specialties at one of the city's many restaurants.


5-Day Itinerary in Burgundy


By extending your stay in Burgundy for an additional two days, you'll have the opportunity to further explore the region and uncover its hidden treasures.


Day 4: Excursion to the Morvan

Leave the wine region for a day of exploration in the Morvan Regional Natural Park. Hike through the stunning landscapes of hills, lakes, and forests, and discover picturesque villages like Vézelay, famous for its UNESCO-listed Romanesque basilica.


Place Leclerc, Beaune, France

Day 5: Return to Beaune

End your stay in style by returning to Beaune for a day of relaxation and wine tasting. Explore the alleyways of the old town, browse the local markets for regional products, and enjoy a final tasting in a traditional wine cellar. Before you leave, treat yourself to a night of luxury at one of the region's sumptuous boutique hotels.


Whichever itinerary you choose, a getaway in Burgundy promises unforgettable experiences, from prestigious wine tastings to cultural discoveries and scenic detours through idyllic landscapes.



Abbaye de Maizières, Beaune, France

Accommodation

Here are some suggestions for luxury boutique hotels in the Beaune region of Burgundy, for upscale and authentic accommodation:


  • Hotel Le Cep: Located in the heart of Beaune, Hotel Le Cep is a luxury establishment housed in historic 16th-century buildings. This boutique hotel offers elegant and comfortable rooms, a Michelin-starred restaurant, and a relaxing spa.

  • Hotel de la Poste: Nestled in a former 18th-century coaching inn, this boutique hotel combines traditional charm with contemporary elegance. The rooms are tastefully decorated and provide a luxurious setting for your stay in Beaune. Guests can also enjoy the hotel's gourmet restaurant and wine bar.

  • Abbaye de Maizières: Located just steps from downtown Beaune, this former 17th-century Cistercian abbey has been transformed into an exclusive luxury hotel. The rooms are decorated in an elegant and refined style, offering a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. Guests can also enjoy the abbey's picturesque gardens and outdoor pool.

  • Hotel Le Relais du Vieux Beaune: Housed in a historic 15th-century building, this boutique hotel offers a unique blend of old-world charm and modern comfort. The rooms are spacious and elegantly decorated, providing a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Guests can also enjoy the hotel's restaurant, which serves delicious cuisine showcasing local produce.

  • Maison des Remparts: This elegant guesthouse is located in the historic center of Beaune, close to major tourist attractions and vineyards in the region. The rooms are tastefully decorated and offer all the comforts necessary for a pleasant stay. Guests can also enjoy the guesthouse's peaceful garden and sunny terrace.


Best hidden gem: Le Domaine de Rymska




Le Domaine de Rymska, a magnificent 80-hectare estate that offers a farm and a Relais & Chateaux hotel, is located in Saint-Jean-de-Trézy, in the Beaune region of Burgundy, and is renowned for its picturesque setting and excellent cuisine, offering a zero-kilometer food concept or farm-to-table. (see our post)


Hotel Beaune is a charming hotel perfectly located in the heart of the city of Beaune. While it may not be classified in the luxury hotel category, it still offers comfortable accommodation and a well-situated base for travelers looking to explore the Beaune region.



Wine Exploration



During your stay in Burgundy, there are several grand vineyards not to be missed, each offering a unique experience and renowned wines.


Here are some suggestions:

  • Domaine de la Romanée-Conti: Located in Vosne-Romanée, this estate is famous for producing some of the most prestigious and sought-after wines in the world, including the Romanée-Conti, often considered the ultimate pinot noir.

  • Château de Meursault: This historic estate located in Meursault offers tours of its cellars and tastings of world-renowned white wines, with an emphasis on the elegant and complex chardonnays of the region.

  • Hospices de Beaune: Although primarily known for its famous wine auction, the Hospices de Beaune also boasts impressive vineyards and offers cellar tours where you can taste a selection of exceptional wines, including pinot noirs and chardonnays.

  • Domaine Louis Jadot: Located in Beaune, this iconic estate offers informative cellar tours and tastings of high-quality wines, showcasing the diversity and authenticity of Burgundy's terroirs.

  • Domaine William Fèvre: Renowned for its outstanding white wines from Chablis, this estate offers exciting cellar tours where you can discover the secrets of vinifying the region's pure and mineral chardonnays.

These iconic vineyards offer unique experiences and unforgettable wine tastings during your stay in Burgundy.



Culinary Discovery

To top off your culinary experience, don't miss the opportunity to dine at one of Burgundy and Lyon's prestigious Michelin-starred restaurants.


Restaurant Paul Bocuse, Collonges-au-Mont-d'Or

In the Burgundy region, renowned establishments such as Lameloise in Chagny and Bernard Loiseau in Saulieu offer refined cuisine showcasing local delights, while in Lyon, you can indulge in exquisite dishes at Michelin-starred restaurants like Paul Bocuse and L'Auberge du Pont de Collonges, which has recently been renovated and has updated its menu to modern tastes.


These temples of French gastronomy are renowned for their culinary creativity, impeccable service, and elegant atmospheres, offering an unforgettable dining experience for every guest.




Combined Itinerary with a Visit to Lyon


Passerelle piétonne Paul-Couturier, Lyon

For an even more enriching experience, consider combining your exploration of Burgundy with a visit to the historic city of Lyon, one of the most beautiful in France, located just a few hours' drive away. Lyon, famous for its dynamic culinary scene, charming medieval alleyways, and rich cultural heritage, offers a captivating urban getaway. After savoring the delights of Lyonnais cuisine and discovering the city's architectural treasures, head to Burgundy for a total immersion in the world of wine.


This unique combination of destinations allows you to experience the best of French culture, cuisine, and wine, all in one memorable trip.


Unforgettable Experiences Await You.



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